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dim sum go go

andrew reibman | Dec 5, 2000 07:11 AM

we tried dim sum go go. no carts, just order off the menu. Food was slow getting there at the Sunday peak for you instant gratification fans (including my kids...) But service was friendly and helpful, even if a bit harried by the Sunday rush...

we tried both dumpling assortments. All in all very nice, not the absolute best dumplings on the planet, but beautiful to look at and nice and fresh. very good. Each order had 10 different dumplings - we got one order of vegetarian, and one order of regular meat/seafood. Since we were five people, I only got to try some of them, and some of the ones I tried were half eaten ("yech... dad! this has black mushroom things in it..." the trays really need a labeled lid like a candy sampler!) They looked beautiful. There was a certain sameness in the dumpling wrappers, even though they were beautifully different in shape and color - almost all had the same rice flour dumpling wrapper, like a har gow... albeit in different shapes and colours. Exceptions were a shrimp ball steamed in a mushroom cap, which was excellent. Also, both orders had a steamed white fungus, which was tasty, and a nice contrast.

I plan to go back get and get a whole order for myself, so I can enjoy the contrasts in tastes and textures of the different fillings....

We had an EXCELLENT pan fried noodle. It wasn't on the menu. But the kids wanted a noodle dish, so we asked for it. We were given a range of four or five options and picked this one. Nothing out of the ordinary in terms of ingredients, just a well-executed cantonese classic.

We had "green pillows". This was interesting. Green chard leaves wrapped around steamed vegetables - a little bit gingery, very light and delicate. The plate was served with a large heap of assorted mushrooms and tree ears that I think were steamed, and that and perhaps kissed with a little sesame oil. These were quite good.

The highlight was the roast chicken with fried garlic. This was perhaps the best chicken I have ever eaten. Perfectly crisp falling off skin. This chicken is definitely worth a chowhound detour. Its certainly on my top ten things eaten for the year 2000 list. Visions of the peking duck house at its prime, but with chicken. Not greasy at all... perfect dry fried garlic. Lots and Lots of it. Just a touch of chopped cilantro and scallion. Even though we were all full, everyone gobbled it down, although my 6 year old wanted the garlic taken off...

my son was extremely disappointed because there were no pork buns. I said "if you're still hungry we'll go to the bakery later". Actually, I didn't see any steamed bread type items being eaten. come to think of it, we saw a lot of things being eaten that weren't on any of the menus, but were only on the chinese menu. For example, everyone had chicken feet, but they were not on the english menu. Zhong zhi were also being eaten, but also were not on the menu. And rice noodle rolls. Perhaps the default dim sum menu hasn't made it to english yet. (We were the only gringos in the the place, at Sunday lunch...)

summary, everything was very good. and we enjoyed sitting upstairs looking out the big picture window. I don't think it was as good as sweet and tart, which is our favorite. But everything seems fresher and a touch more creative than pings or hop kee or the other more traditional place.... we will definitely go back and try it again.

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